Ok, so this article is being published much later than I intended and scheduled originally in my monthly calendar. Thankfully, it’s finally done. Phew!
Though June and July vanished like an extended blink of an eye, I like to recall fondly those two months. Filled with so much joy and happiness, so much so that I thought my little black heart would explode in my chest.
Anyway enough about me and back to the article. At the end of June and the beginning of July, I decided to take a break from books and head over to graphic novels. There was a couple of awesome graphic novels that I’ve wanted to check out for a long time. Many of them I’ve already reviewed on the site, but a few of them made it to this list. For all of them, I didn’t know they existed till a few days before I checked them out of the library!
Note: I have no idea why certain parts of this post are underlined. It’s not intentional.
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and other Things that Happened by Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and other Things that Happened is based on the Allie Brosh’s blog Hyperbole and a Half. Since, I have never checked out her cartoons, I know I’m surprised myself at this, I had no prior association with her cartoons. The collections focuses on her childhood incidents, doggy hi jinks, and just random funny moments that occasionally happens in the everyday.
The best way for me the describe Brosh’s work is hilarious yet poignant. The most poignant points comes in the form of the chapters dealing with her childhood, and “Identity Part One and Two.” Each section deals with a candid self-reflection of her behaviors. I was surprised about the moments where she can clearly view herself outside of herself where she questions her own normalcy and repeating patterns in odd behaviors.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
I have seen Nimona around book lists here and there. It was the constant appearance on best graphic novel lists that really piqued my interest in checking this novel out. I’m glad I did in the end! The story line follows Nimona, the sidekick to villain Lord Blackheart. During their villainous plots, they discover a secret plot by the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics, comprised of the supposed “heroes” of the stories (including Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin). Over the course of Nimona, Nimona and Lord Blackheart attempt to expose the truth to the people about this plot. I really liked Nimona and Lord Blackheart’s chemistry throughout the graphic novel it was sweet and tender. By the end, Lord Blackheart does not live up to his name, because he shows he truly cares for Nimona and will do anything to protect her.
The graphic novel in general is considered a mash up science fiction and fantasy tropes by combining these elements together. For instance, Lord Blackheart began his life as a knight and then turns into a mad scientist figure after he loses his arm and becomes the “villain” in the story. My only problem with this novel was this mash up. Certain elements worked well and were easy to understand, but I found myself a bit confused on the setting period. For instance, I wasn’t sure if it was taking place in more of a fantasy medieval period or a futuristic medieval period. Otherwise that little snare, I adored this graphic novel. Next time I hit the library sales, I will be on the look out for it and Hyperbole and Half.
Bee and PuppyCat by Natasha Allergi and Garrett Jackson
When reading Bee and Puppycat, I entered the world of pastel magic, I have a strange feeling I could recommend this graphic novel to Hello Kitty. The story follows Bee, a clumsy temp worker, and Puppycat, the stern curmudgeon. Both work together on temp work to survive, otherwise they just lounge around the house chilling and eating. I did like the overall graphics of the comic book and the addition of the bar code to listen to music played in certain parts of the comic. I felt like it made the graphic novel more interactive. Otherwise, I found it be ok, I’m not a huge fan of it. Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of pastel cute and fluffy. In my opinion it’s written very cutesy for a younger audience.
Bombshells vol. 1 Enlisted by
Have you ever wondered what your favorite D.C. characters would look like if they lived in the 40’s? Watch beloved characters such as Wonder Woman go back to her roots and beat up Nazis in high-waisted shorts. I found it to be an interesting take on World War II (we see coverage of multiple fronts and countries and not just one). The Bombshells are re-imagined in this period in very interesting and creative ways. There are way too many storylines to cover in this mini review, but just imagine many of the favorite D.C. ladies are introduced in this volume including: Cat Woman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and many more!
For a first volume, there was too many story lines going on at once for me. As I was reading, I found the format of the graphic novel made keep tracking of everyone confusing.